Manchester City’s friendly against French club Troyes has been canceled due to new quarantine rules in Great Britain.
The two teams, which are part of the City Football Group, have “explored all avenues to play the game,” which was due to take place on July 31st, according to a statement from the Premier League club.
However, the new regulation introduced on Monday – the same day all coronavirus restrictions in England were lifted – made it impossible to quarantine arrivals from France for five to ten days
Manchester City confirm with disappointment that our planned test match was canceled before the season at CFG colleague ES Troyes AC.
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City say there are no plans to organize a replacement game as the squad will stay in Manchester where they will continue preparations for the new season at the City Football Academy.
A club statement said: “Manchester City confirms with disappointment that our planned friendly game was canceled before the season at CFG colleague ES Troyes AC.
“Both clubs have explored all the ways to play the game but recent changes by the UK government to quarantine rules for travelers returning from France have made it too difficult to overcome the required restrictions.
“Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad will remain in Manchester and continue their season preparations at City Football Academy. There are no plans to replace the ESTAC friendly with another pre-season game.”
City will face the championship team Preston North End in a closed-door friendly at Academy Stadium on July 27th before heading to Wembley on August 7th to face Leicester in the Community Shield.
The Premier League champions begin their title defense in Tottenham on August 15th.